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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

The Silent Pressure

POEM
SONIA KUMAR - ODO
SONIA KUMAR - ODO

By Sonia Kumar


I have faced it, have you?


Have you felt


The pressure to perform


The need to compete


To be acknowledged


Or else you will be


Belittled and scorned


The silent pressure


If you don’t take it,


You are walking alone


If you don’t do


What everyone is doing


You become the outcast


The odd one,


The one to be ridiculed


The one to be left out


Each time to be


Humiliated, estranged


The standards are set


By some selective few


That who are a success


And who are the have-nots


Those who go through it,


Either they are driven


Or are willing to


Trample and abuse


Anything and everything


Just to stand out


And there are the ones


Who unwillingly follow?


So that they can say


They belong


As they have no choice


Or else they will be called


Outcasts or looked down upon


Sometimes when they rebel


They come back to the fold


Knowing it will be difficult


To walk the path alone,


So they start grudgingly


Follow the ones who lead on


And carry resentment, unhappiness


They are the ones who


Can’t make up their mind


And always follow a path


Which others have to tread on.


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